Magazine article Personnel Journal

The New Workplace Required New Etiquette

Magazine article Personnel Journal

The New Workplace Required New Etiquette

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MINDING YOUR MANNERS IN the workplace used to be fairly simple: Wait your turn at the copy machine. Restock typing paper when you use the last sheet. Report to staff meetings on time.

Today's workplace presents some entirely new challenges that aren't likely to be addressed by Emily Post any time soon: What are the ground rules for sharing office space? What's appropriate to wear on casual day? How much information should you provide on a voicemail message?

Andrew Denka, executive director of OfficeTeam, says the importance of etiquette is sometimes overlooked in the current competitive business climate--but workplace courtesy is more important than ever. "The fast-paced, high-tech office environment of today makes it imperative, especially if companies are to maximize productivity and work flow," he says.

Denka offers these suggestions on etiquette in the new workplace:

Cyber-sensitivity: "If you are comfortable zooming around the Internet, while your co-workers have never sent E-mail or gone online, share what you know. Don't act surprised at your colleagues' lack of knowledge."

Casual Day Dilemmas: "Whether your company allows casual dress one day a month or even daily, find out if there's an official policy on the subject and follow it. …

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